Acupuncture for Intestinal Obstruction and Chronic Kidney Disease on a 6-Year-Old Domestic Shorthair Cat
Harvey, a 6 year old domestic short hair cat.
He had some obstructions along with chronic urinary tract infections.
The owners were unsure how to treat this especially after the standard veterinarian wasn't working.
Through acupuncture, Harvey was able to pass his stones without surgery or medication.p.1
Graham feels it's necessary for Harvey to feel relaxed as possible before needling begins.
He begins his procedure by brushing (or tui) the patient to soothe it.
He does this with two hands with one hand as the supporting hand and the other has the “brushing” hand.
He brushes through the urinary bladder channel near the spine.
He does this to help open various points where he’ll be needling.p.2
Points on either side of the spine are on the urinary bladder channel (Ub23).
“Shu” means transporting. He tries to relax Harvey by massaging the area.
He notices Harvey is still rather anxious and curious as to what is going on.
He reinforces how important technique is when it comes to acupuncture.
Graham mentions in a way he will "meditate" while working with the animal to help it stay calm.
He also says the stomach is more prone to "excess" conditions which can result in it becoming tight and tense.p.3
Location of the back shu point for the liver.p.4
Harvey's Ub21 back shu point is the most tight.
Graham locates the Ub21 with his fingers and begins needling the tight spots while distracting Harvey with his other hand by brushing.
The needle has to sit for about 3-4 minutes before administering the next one.p.5
Graham talks about how to notice whether an animal is scared or not.
He mentions if an animal is looking around the room more they are calming down and accepting the situation they are in.p.6
Ub18 and 19 on the right side are filled with needles.
Graham sits back and let the needles work.p.7
Graham twists the needles that have been placed in Harvey's back for a few minutes to re-stimulate them to make sure they continue working.p.8
Another needle is placed in the kidney back shu point at Ub23.p.9
Gallbladder 20 is a point for releasing tension in the back of the neck.p.10
Harvey's owner noticed that he was sick. Thought he might have kidney disease.
Many of the veterinarians she visited wanted Harvey to have surgery.
She wanted a second opinion. This led her to try acupuncture for Harvey.
The acupuncture treatment has helped Harvey pass his stones and remain healthy.p.11
Harvey was going back and forth between Graham's acupuncture and other veterinarians.
With a mixture of herbs from Graham and other medications from the veterinarians, Harvey has improved tremendously and is doing fine.p.12
Graham stresses the importance of trying acupuncture yourself to understand more deeply how it works and the benefits it brings.
He talks about how he has to stay relaxed during his procedures to help the animal stay calm.
He says he remains stern dealing with aggressive animals.
He takes control by massaging and helping them to calm down.
Guide tubes help Graham place the needles more precisely.
Acupuncture can help an animal with behavioral issues.
It can help aggressive or angered animals to calm down and be more playful.p.13